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Old 08-03-2010, 11:07 AM   #11
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Re: Picking a Box

I would say check out other boxes and see what you find.

Personally, we have two boxes within 3 hours of my house, so I don't really have a choice. One is a fitness studio that has gotten their affiliate but don't really follow WOD's etc and the other does not align with my goals at all..... so I train at home.
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Old 08-03-2010, 12:46 PM   #12
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Re: Picking a Box

We tell people to try the other affiliates around us. We know we may not be the right fit for everyone and there are multiple affiliates within a 5 miles radius of us. The people we have told to do this have come back to us and signed up. We feel we both have a lot to offer in regards to training as well as personality and that helps with client retention, as well as gaining new clients. We are new and are not as established as other affiliates around us but we are growing and retaining clients which I hope is a sign of proper training. So, like everyone said definitely try out other affiliates around you. I would not train with anyone who I did not like, either personally, or based on the workouts.
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Old 08-03-2010, 05:35 PM   #13
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Darla,

How many dead hang pull ups can you do?
About 5. Maybe 6 by now.

Thanks for all the advice guys. I am checking out another in the AM. So really following the main site WOD doesn't matter huh? I thought there was a method to the madness of the planing there.
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Old 08-03-2010, 10:20 PM   #14
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So really following the main site WOD doesn't matter huh? I thought there was a method to the madness of the planing there.
There doesn't seem to be any method to it, not lately anyways. It's hard to believe that there's a long term plan to the programming when the individual WODs from the Games ended up as the next 5 or 6 days worth of programming right after the Games were over with. Plus there's never any deloading phases or periodization built in, which most smart people will say is essential to top-level performance over the long run.

Plenty of affiliates have been successful with their own programming--look at the top 10 or so affiliate teams from the last two years of the Games. And look at what everyone who qualifies for the Games does. You might find one or two doing CF.com, but a huge majority are programming their own stuff and seeing good results. Most will follow the rough outline of skillwork+heavy lift+shorter metcon, which is actually the template Coach Glassman talks about in one of the original CFJ article. But skillwork and heavy lifts are not typically programmed in prior to CF.com metcons.
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Old 08-04-2010, 03:20 AM   #15
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Thank you for all the responses. I guess my main concern is balance ( and no injury or rhabdo ,thank you). My workout now follows a typical split and I have tremendous anxiety giving that up for the Crossfit programming.
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Old 08-04-2010, 05:17 AM   #16
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Thank you for all the responses. I guess my main concern is balance ( and no injury or rhabdo ,thank you). My workout now follows a typical split and I have tremendous anxiety giving that up for the Crossfit programming.
Let it go. Stop worrying about "giving up" your traditional workout routines and jump right in. Then find a box where you enjoy the people and feel accomplished when you are done with the WOD. That will have a much greater impact on your ability to keep doing it.

You can focus on training specifics and working towards a broader goal later on.
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Old 08-04-2010, 07:23 AM   #17
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Re: Picking a Box

Not for nothing, but if the traditional splits you're now doing really satisfied you I doubt you would be shopping for different programming. In any event it's not like you're divorcing your training now and forever. Try a month and if you don't like CF go back to what you were doing. Easy day.
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:12 PM   #18
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Not for nothing, but if the traditional splits you're now doing really satisfied you I doubt you would be shopping for different programming. In any event it's not like you're divorcing your training now and forever. Try a month and if you don't like CF go back to what you were doing. Easy day.
Good point.

I went to the second box today and was very pleased. The Coach seemed very knowledgable and explained his plan to scale for me and my shoulders to ensure safety and take it from there. Their WODs seem pretty balanced also to my untrained eye. I personally liked the Coaches at box 1 a lot but I think this one may be a better fit so far.
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:26 PM   #19
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Re: Picking a Box

IMHO, priority goes to programming, coaching ability, and having what you need at the box. Liking the coaches is great, but not at the expense of the other stuff.

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Old 08-04-2010, 12:30 PM   #20
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IMHO, priority goes to programming, coaching ability, and having what you need at the box. Liking the coaches is great, but not at the expense of the other stuff.

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